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Issues swirl over county airport debt, priorities

 

$900,000 loan payment “first and foremost,” says Jones

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Look down that lonesome runway -- Businesses have not flocked to locate at the airport tech park.

 

Commission Chairman Rob Jones said he doesn’t care if no new work happens at the Pickens County Airport, “the $900,000 has got to be paid.” 

This $900,000 is a portion of the $3.977 million bond [loan] issued by the Pickens County Development Authority in 2004 and used to develop the 17-acre tract adjacent to the airport. This tract has been constructed to Federal Aviation

Antioch gravestones vandalized

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This grave marker suffered the most damage, being broken in half from the impact of the vehicle that investigators say rammed it intentionally.

“It’s hard to apply logic to someone clearly not acting out of logic,” said Sheriff spokesman Kris Stancil Monday when asked what motive might lead someone to ram gravestones with a vehicle at a country church cemetery.

Six different graves were damaged: one broken in half, another two or three stone markers heavily damaged and turned over and another two also damaged somewhat Saturday night at the Antioch Church cemetery.

State revenues up 15 percent in April

gasealGov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia’s net tax revenues for April totaled $1.93 billion, an increase of $252 million, or 15 percent, compared to April 2014. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $15.78 billion for an increase of nearly $1.05 billion, or 7.1 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year, when net tax revenues totaled $14.73 billion through 10 months. Year-to-date gross tax collections, before refunds and distributions to local governments, totaled $22.15 billion, which was an increase of approximately $1.36 billion, or 6.5 percent, compared to the year-to-date total of $20.79 billion in April 2014.

Missing woman found

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Updated: about 5:13 p.m. this afternoon, the missing woman was found safe. She was being checked by EMS, according to latest from the Pickens sheriff office. 

 

From Pickens Sheriff

Teresa Ann Payne, age 49 of Pickens County went missing in the early morning on Sunday, May 10th. 
Payne as last seen leaving her resident around 2:30 a.m. She left the area walking. 
The initial report was filed on Sunday afternoon and she was entered into the missing person database (GCIC) immediately as a missing person. 
Due to her continued failure to return home, The Pickens Sheriff's Office is working with the Pickens County Fire and EMS Departments to conduct a thorough search of the heavily wooded area. 
An area command post has been established off of Willow Road in Pickens County. 
If you have any information concerning her whereabouts, we are urging you to please call 911 and relay that information. 

National Day of Prayer observed in Pickens

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      Over 100 gathered at the Pickens County Courthouse at noon to observe the National Day of Prayer. Mark Pordo of Living Word Church was one of many who led prayers during the ceremony, held at noon on Thursday, May 7. The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observation held in cities, towns and communities across the country.